SOURCE: BearManor Media

BearManor Media

October 05, 2009 13:27 ET

Silent Film Stars Come to Life in "Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell"

Author Sarah Baker Kindles a Passionate Conversation Concerning Our Silent Film Heritage

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - October 5, 2009) -

"Why is it so hard for us to truly imagine the lives of the silent-era stars? Is it because we don't hear them speak? ... Thanks to Sarah Baker, the silent-era speaks, and with much grace, wit and charm." -- filmmaker, Allison Anders

Silent stars speak volumes in the new book, "Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell" by Sarah Baker. A film historian in her early 30s, Baker makes the compelling argument that future generations must embrace silent films and the real people behind them. "Lucky Stars," a dual biography of the famous 1920s romantic duo, published by BearManor Media, hits bookstores December 1, 2009.

"There are umpteen books devoted to Garbo and Gable, but Janet won an Oscar, and Charlie was a bigger box office star. And don't get me started on Marilyn Monroe and James Dean," contends Baker.

The Book

From their first iconic pairing in 7TH HEAVEN (1927), Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell created an unparalleled cinematic union. Behind the camera, they carried on a secret romance and maintained a life-long friendship.

"Lucky Stars" draws upon unpublished interviews with Farrell and Gaynor, interviews with family and friends, and meticulous archival research. The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 100 photographs and includes a foreword by filmmaker Allison Anders (GRACE OF MY HEART).

The Subjects

Janet Gaynor (1906-1984), a leading ingénue of the 1920s-1930s, won the first Best Actress Oscar in 1929 for her performances in 7TH HEAVEN (1927), SUNRISE (1927) and STREET ANGEL (1928).

Charles Farrell (1900-1990), a popular matinee idol of the 1920s-1930s, created a new brand of hero, brawny, virile, and yet tender and naïve.

The Author

Sarah Baker, writer/producer of OLIVE THOMAS: EVERYBODY'S SWEETHEART (2004) -- a documentary about the silent film star, located ten of Thomas' 20 films -- all of which had been considered lost. The resulting DVD documentary, executive produced by Hugh Hefner, was released to along with Thomas' film THE FLAPPER -- the first time this film had been available to the public since 1920.

Currently, Baker is in production on another documentary, BLUES MAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SEAN COSTELLO.

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